These materials were designed to teach Foundation Phase teachers how to teach reading. They are high quality materials developed by academics in collaboration with teachers. This collaboration resulted in materials that are highly structured, using a systematic approach to the teaching of reading. The materials address various aspects of the reading process, including language concepts and vocabulary building. They are written in English, but include a comprehensive list of literacy concepts explained in three languages, namely, English, isiXhosa and isiZulu.
Reading is the most important skill that learners need throughout their school career. The ability of learners to read fluently and to understand what they read starts in the Foundation Phase. The purpose of these teacher materials is, therefore, to help Foundation Phase teachers become expert reading teachers. It describes what expert reading teachers know and do and their typical values and attitudes. It helps teachers to understand what is meant when we talk about an expert reading teacher.